Dr. Loucks is Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Medicine at Brown University, as well as Director of the Mindfulness Center at Brown. He has held teaching positions at Harvard, McGill and Brown Universities. Dr. Loucks is formally trained in cardiovascular physiology, social epidemiology, and mindfulness interventions. He has over 80 peer-reviewed publications. His work on mindfulness and cardiovascular health has been widely distributed through media organizations such as TIME Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, CNBC, and The Washington Post. Dr. Loucks and his colleagues were among the first to show associations of dispositional mindfulness with cardiovascular health, and they developed the first consensus theoretical framework of how mindfulness meditation could potentially reduce risk for cardiovascular disease. He is now implementing practical applications of the work, including randomized controlled trials of mindfulness interventions to address social disparities in cardiovascular disease.
Practically, Dr. Loucks has had a personal mindfulness meditation practice for almost 20 years. He is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor. Dr. Loucks is experienced teaching a number of mindfulness-based interventions including MBSR, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Mindfulness-Based Blood Pressure Reduction (MB-BP). He is the lead developer of MB-BP, and with his colleagues currently has a $4.7 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health to evaluate effectiveness of MB-BP and other mindfulness-based interventions.